Interviews of Kristen & Nicholas Hoult with IndieWire / Variety #Venezia72

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VENICE – Entering their Venice press conference to cheers from a rump of fans, Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult talked about love, film choices and director Drake Doremus’ direction of actors in Venice competition player “Equals.”

Some critics at Venice characterized “Equals” as a  date movie for the artier inclined teen crowd; one of the film’s attractions is the easy intimacy shown between Stewart and Hoult’s characters as they connect with their feelings and each other in a futuristic world that has eradicated emotions.

Stewart and Hoult play Switched On Syndrome sufferers who begin to have feelings, then fall for each other.

“Equals” is “basically about two kids who love each other when they’re not supposed to,” Stewart said. “One thing we talked about endlessly was: Do we still exist if love does’t exist, could we live without it. Probably not. If you don’t have passions, maybe not for another person, but passion, curiosity: That’s what keeps us going,”

How did the actors achieve a sense of intimacy in their love scenes? Stewart said she and Hoult would sit in front of each other for an hour saying “Hello.”

Hoult said that Doremus and his regular cinematographer John Gulesarian shot such long takes that he wasn’t always certain what the camera was focusing on. Doremus concurred: “When you have beautiful faces, you want to point the camera to them as much as possible. John was the only guy in there moving the camera around. There was no ‘Let’s get this shot, or that shot.’ It was letting the camera take us where it needed to go.”

“Equals” is a step-up in scale for Doremus, he said, and a step-down for Stewart and Hoult in budgetary terms, a journalist pointed out.

For Stewart, that was by-the-by: “I’m invested in all the projects. I don’t do the ‘one for them, one for me’ thing. If you step outside yourself and start tactically maneuvering your career… it just doesn’t make sense whatsoever. What we do requires … requires your heart to be so in it that every time I agree to do a movie I’m shocked and terrified.”

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Source : Variety

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Kristen’s Interview with IndieWire

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The actress was casually chic when presenting her sci-fi love story “Equals” to the Venice Film Festival, alongside director Drake Doremus and co-star Nicholas Hoult.

On “Equals” being likened to “Romeo & Juliet.”

I guess the reason people have that perception is the end of the film. You know for a fact they would both die for each other. It is about two kids who love each other, who are not allowed to. 

One thing we were talking about when making the film, the question we had in rehearsals, was ‘Would we exist as human beings, if love didn’t exist? Could we live without it, or would we just linger.’ I think love is the dominant passion, it’s what keeps our world spinning. So although I don’t want to be really cheesy or anything, the answer is ‘no’. 

On playing a character in a world where no-one has emotions. 

Actually I’m the only character in the film who’s ‘switched on’, who can feel her emotions the entire time. We’ve all been in a situation where you need to ‘show face’, even if you’ve had a bad day, which is just painful. And it was so much harder to play Mia not able to show how she really feels. I understood that so well. 

On acting with Nicholas Hoult. 

We had rehearsals in which we were just talking to each other. We went into full tunnel vision. By the time we’d finished we had gone through every emotion. I didn’t know the guy, and then I felt there was a version of Nick that I knew better than anyone who walks the Earth. I think that’s a classic acting exercise, but I had just never done it. And it really works 

On moving back and forth between independent and studio films. 

I feel equally invested and fervently drawn to every part I’ve done. I’ve never done anything where I was like, ‘OK, let’s just get this one finished’. A lot of actors say ‘One for them, one for me”, but I could never do that. I would be terrible. They would fire me. 

If you step outside of yourself and start tactically maneuvering your career, it actually makes no sense whatsoever, I don’t think it’s possible. Sure, there are sociopathic actors out there. But acting requires your heart to be so, so in it. Every single time I agree to do a movie I’m terrified. I think, ‘Oh my God, am I really going to tell them that I can do this?’ But then I jump in. It’s always the same, the budget makes no difference. 

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Source : IndieWire

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